Anaheim Mayor Resigns as F.B.I. Investigates Angel Stadium Deal

Mayor Harry Sidhu has not been charged, but a federal agent has accused him of providing confidential information with the hope of receiving $1 million in campaign aid.

#anaheim-calif, #baseball, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #mayors, #sidhu-harry, #stadiums-and-arenas

Ex-N.Y.C. Shelter Boss Gets Prison Time in $1.2 Million Bribery Scheme

Victor Rivera was sentenced to more than two years in prison for accepting kickbacks while running his Bronx homeless shelter organization.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes

To Keep Putin and His Oligarchs Afloat, It Takes a System

Out of a halting attempt at democratization grew a corrupt ecosystem that has proved very difficult for the Russian elite to resist.

#boats-and-boating, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tuscany-italy, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #yeltsin-boris-n

Former Nassau County Executive Sentenced to 12 Years in Bribery Scheme

Edward P. Mangano and his wife, Linda, were both convicted for their parts in what prosecutors called “a culture of corruption.”

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #mangano-edward-p, #nassau-county-ny, #singh-harendra, #waters-edge-long-island-city-ny-restaurant

The Deep-Pocketed Developer Who Helped Take Down the Lieutenant Governor

Gerald Migdol, a Harlem developer, became the linchpin in a federal investigation that led to the indictment and resignation of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #content-type-personal-profile, #corruption-institutional, #friends-of-public-school-harlem, #friends-of-public-school-harlem-inc, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #philanthropy

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Resigns Following Campaign Finance Indictment

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s second in command to Gov. Kathy Hochul, was charged with bribery, fraud and falsification of records while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Arrested in Campaign Finance Scheme

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s No. 2 official to Gov. Kathy Hochul, will face a federal charge that he conspired to commit bribery while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

Jovan Vavic in Varsity Blues Scandal Is Found Guilty

Jovan Vavic, the former water polo coach at U.S.C., was accused of taking more than $200,000 in bribes in exchange for designating high school applicants as recruits.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #john-singer, #jovan-vavic, #university-of-southern-california, #water-polo

Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Convicted for His Role in a $4 Billion Fraud

Roger Ng is most likely the only person who will face trial in the United States in connection with a scheme to fleece the loot billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #embezzlement, #extortion-and-blackmail, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #leissner-tim, #low-jho-1981, #malaysia, #money-laundering, #ng-roger

The Key to a $4 Billion Fraud Case: A Banker Who Says He ‘Lied a Lot’

Only one person is likely to ever face trial in the United States over the looted billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. The case hangs on his former boss at Goldman Sachs.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #frauds-and-swindling, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #leissner-tim, #ng-roger

1MDB Trial Will Take a Break So the Defense Can Study New Documents

Prosecutors in a case involving a former Goldman Sachs executive and a Malaysian fund found 15,000 emails and other documents they need to turn over.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #ng-roger

China’s Anti-Graft Show Is Educational, With Unintended Lessons

A documentary created to celebrate the success of China’s anti-corruption campaign instead has aired the dirty laundry of the Communist Party.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #corruption-institutional, #documentary-films-and-programs, #reality-television

Victor Rivera, N.Y. Shelter Operator, Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme

Victor Rivera’s guilty plea followed a Times investigation that revealed allegations of sexual abuse and financial misdeeds at his nonprofit organization.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #strauss-audrey-attorney

Will Juan Carlos, Spain’s Disgraced King, Get a Royal Homecoming?

In the years since Juan Carlos, Spain’s former king, fled the country to escape corruption investigations, some of the cases have been resolved or dropped. Now Spaniards are weighing whether they want him back.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #immunity-from-prosecution, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil

South Korea to Pardon Former President Park Geun-hye

The government said it would release Ms. Park on Dec. 31 in the interest of national “reconciliation.”

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #impeachment, #moon-jae-in, #park-geun-hye, #south-korea

Officer Is Charged With Protecting Prostitution Ring in Exchange for Sex

Prosecutors say Wayne Peiffer, a police officer in Brewster, N.Y., had women from sex-trafficking and prostitution rings brought to him at the police station.

#blanca-hernandez-morales, #brewster-ny, #brewster-ny-police-department, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cristian-noe-godinez, #human-trafficking, #jose-facundo-zarate-morales, #luz-elvira-cardona, #peiffer-wayne, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prostitution, #roberto-cesar-cid-dominguez, #sex-crimes

Lamine Diack, Olympics Power Broker Convicted of Taking Bribes, Dies at 88

The former head of the world governing body for track and field was convicted of accepting bribes to cover up a Russian doping scandal.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #deaths-obituaries, #diack-lamine-1933, #doping-sports, #olympic-games-2012

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Who Brought Olympics to Brazil, Convicted of Bribery

Carlos Arthur Nuzman was found guilty after a trial that featured claims of rigged votes, gold bars and at least $2 million in payoffs to top sports officials.

#brazil, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #cabral-sergio-1963, #diack-lamine-1933, #diack-papa-massata, #international-olympic-committee, #nuzman-carlos-1942, #olympic-games-2016, #soares-filho-arthur-cesar-de-menezes

Ukraine Wants to Be the Crypto Capital of the World

It has to be somewhere. Why not Ukraine?

#bitcoin-currency, #bornyakov-alexander, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #chobanian-michael, #corruption-institutional, #entrepreneurship, #kuna-exchange, #kyiv-ukraine, #paterson-shadi, #sawhney-hartej, #ukraine, #virtual-currency

Manuel Chang Will Face Corruption Charges in U.S.

A judge overturned the South African government’s decision to send the minister back to Mozambique, where civil society groups say his political clout will protect him.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #extradition, #manuel-chang, #mozambique, #securities-and-commodities-violations

Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz

The downfall of Austria’s onetime political Wunderkind put a spotlight on the cozy, sometimes corrupt, relationship between right-wing populists and parts of the news media.

#advertising-and-marketing, #austrian-peoples-party, #brandstatter-gmbh, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #conservatism-us-politics, #embezzlement, #freedom-party-of-austria, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #media, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-democratic-party-austria, #trump-donald-j

The Varsity Blues Trial: What We’ve Learned About College Admissions

In closing arguments, prosecutors want to focus on bribes, but the ways in which universities cater to rich families is also on trial.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #colleges-and-universities, #high-net-worth-individuals, #interscholastic-athletics, #john-wilson, #singer-william-1960, #university-of-southern-california

Housing Boss Earns $1 Million to Run Shelters Despite a Troubled Past

Some executives at nonprofit groups that operate New York City homeless shelters are benefiting from the plight of the people they serve.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #rivera-victor-m-1960

A Cog in the College Admissions Scandal Speaks Out

A former sailing coach who took a plea deal for shuffling bribes to Stanford’s athletic program says his colleagues knew where the money was coming from.

#admissions-standards, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #college-athletics, #sailboats-and-sailing, #singer-william-1960, #stanford-university, #vandemoer-john

Former Georgetown Tennis Coach Agrees to Plead Guilty in Admissions Scandal

Gordon Ernst was accused of taking bribes to designate at least 12 students as recruits, including some who did not play tennis competitively.

#admissions-standards, #boston-mass, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #ernst-gordon-1967, #georgetown-university, #singer-william-1960, #tennis

As College Admissions Trial Begins, Parents Claim They Were Duped

The first parents to face trial in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal are casting blame both on Rick Singer, the admissions consultant, and the overall process.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #admissions-standards, #boston-mass, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #frauds-and-swindling, #philanthropy, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959

Should Giving a Bribe Be Legal?

A former adviser to the Indian government once proposed immunity for people who give “harassment” bribes.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #india, #internal-sub-only, #singh-manmohan, #united-states-economy

Guatemala Investigates Claim of Bribe Paid to Its President

A previous inquiry was cut short when the chief anti-corruption prosecutor was fired, but media reports of cash payments have prompted another one.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #sandoval-juan-francisco

Larry Householder, a Former Speaker, Is Expelled from the Ohio House

The 75-to-21 vote to expel Representative Larry Householder came nearly a year after he was charged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to bail out a foundering energy company.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #householder-larry, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #money-laundering, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #state-legislatures

Cuomo’s Inner Circle Raised Money for Aide Who Was Convicted of Bribery

Gov. Andrew Cuomo distanced himself from the aide, Joseph Percoco, but the governor’s sister and close allies quietly funded the aide’s legal fight.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #competitive-power-ventures-holdings-llc, #corruption-institutional, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cuomo-mario-m, #howe-todd-r-1960, #madeline-cuomo, #percoco-joseph, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

JBS Paid $11 Million Ransom to Hackers

The breach was the latest in a string of attacks targeting businesses critical to American infrastructure.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jbs-sa, #meat, #revil-hacking-group, #shutdowns-institutional

Guards Smuggled Drugs and Razors Into N.Y.C. Jails, Prosecutors Say

The correction officers are accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to sneak contraband into the city’s jails.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corrections-department-nyc, #manhattan-detention-complex, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex

Spain Turns to Corruption Rehab for Officials Who Can’t Stop Stealing

Con artists and swindlers have long captured headlines in Spain. Now the country has a novel solution: A rehabilitation program aiming to “reinsert” corrupt officials back into society.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #frauds-and-swindling, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #spain

Drag Commodity Traders Out of the Shadows

We need strong laws and clear regulations to shed light on this megapowerful sector of the global economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #commodities, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #glencore-international-ag, #justice-department, #kabila-joseph, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

Former Mayor of Fall River, Mass. Is Convicted of Corruption

Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city’s youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #correia-jasiel-f-ii, #elections-mayors, #extortion-and-blackmail, #fall-river-mass, #frauds-and-swindling, #marijuana

‘Bro I Robbed Everyone’: 3 N.Y.P.D. Officers Charged in Bribe Scheme

The officers, one of them retired, funneled work to a tow truck company for kickbacks and sold car crash victims’ personal information, prosecutors say.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police-department-nyc, #queens-nyc

Texas Lawyer Known as D.W.I. Dude Gets 15 Years in Fraud Scheme

A lawyer known as the D.W.I. Dude pocketed money that he told drug dealers would be used to bribe officials, prosecutors said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #colombia, #dallas-morning-news, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #extradition, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #money-laundering, #texas, #united-states

South African President Appears Before Corruption Investigators

President Cyril Ramaphosa is testifying about graft during his predecessor’s tenure, in what analysts have characterized as a battle for the soul of the governing African National Congress.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #johannesburg-south-africa, #mandela-nelson, #politics-and-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #zuma-jacob-g

NCAA Gives USC Probation and a Fine In Bribery Scandal

A disciplinary committee put the Southern California program on probation for two years in connection with a 2017 investigation into corruption in college hoops.

#agents-business, #basketball-college, #bland-tony-basketball-coach, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #code-merl-jr, #dawkins-christian, #fines-penalties, #gatto-james, #university-of-southern-california

In China Sex Scandal, Many See a #MeToo Moment

A young woman from a modest background gets a long prison term. The powerful officials who paid her draw lighter punishment. The Chinese public has questions.

#metoo-movement, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #china, #government-employees, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

Housing Boss Who Was Accused of Sexual Abuse Now Faces Bribery Charges

Prosecutors accused Victor Rivera of enriching himself through kickbacks as he led one of the largest homeless shelter operations in New York City.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #homeless-persons, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Found Guilty of Corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

#azibert-gilbert, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #france, #herzog-thierry, #les-republicains-france, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #sarkozy-nicolas

Benjamin Netanyahu Pleads Not Guilty in Israel Corruption Trial

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel returned to court with a general election just weeks away. The trial is viewed by many as a test of the nation’s judicial system.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Sheldon Silver’s Appeal

Mr. Silver, who once dominated state politics as the speaker of the New York Assembly, was convicted of taking illicit payments from real estate developers.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-state, #silver-sheldon, #supreme-court-us

Deutsche Bank Said to Pay $100 Million Over Bribery Charges

The German lender will enter a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve charges stemming from its attempts to win business in places like China, according to a person familiar with the matter.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #deutsche-bank-ag, #justice-department, #securities-and-commodities-violations

China Sentences Huarong’s Lai Xiaomin to Death

The judgment against Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of Huarong Asset Management, follows a shift away from capital punishment for white collar crimes.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #capital-punishment, #china, #china-huarong-asset-management-co, #corruption-institutional, #lai-xiaomin

Behind Trump Clemency, a Case Study in Special Access

Philip Esformes was sentenced last year to 20 years for Medicare fraud. Then a well-connected organization supported by his family weighed in with the White House.

#aleph-institute, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #chabad-lubavitch, #criminal-justice, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #kushner-jared, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #philanthropy, #schneerson-menachem-mendel, #sentences-criminal, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz Tell the Full Sordid Story of Spiro Agnew

“Bag Man” reports on who knew what and when about Agnew’s years of corruption.

#agnew-spiro-t, #bag-man-the-wild-crimes-audacious-cover-up-and-spectacular-downfall-of-a-brazen-crook-in-the-white-house-book, #books-and-literature, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #maddow-rachel, #nixon-richard-milhous, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yarvitz-michael

Trump Associates Said to Have Been Scrutinized in Suspected Pardon Scheme

A billionaire from San Francisco sought clemency for a psychologist convicted of monetary crimes. The Republican donor Elliott Broidy and a lawyer for Jared Kushner were enlisted.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #broidy-elliott, #california, #federal-taxes-us, #justice-department, #kushner-jared, #lowell-abbe-d, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon

Heavily redacted court documents unsealed by a judge offered only scant clues to the potential scheme, and nothing directly tied the president to it.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #howell-beryl-a, #trump-donald-j